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does not recognize i have a hard drive

asked 2015-02-16 22:24:13 -0500

I have a Dell Dimension 4700 with a Seagate 75GB SATA hard drive. It had Windows XP Pro Service pack 3 on it that was running fine. I wanted to try to use this machine as a server and downloaded the ISO of Fedor19 and burned it to a DVD.

The DVD booted and the installation began. However, when I got to the point where I needed to let it know where to install the software, it told me I didn't have a hard drive and that I should shut off the computer--install a hard driver and try again.

I thought maybe the NTFS file system was messing with it so I used FDISK and created a FAT32 partition and attempted to install again with the same result.

I downloaded Fedora21--burned it to a DVD and attempted to install it also with the same failed result--not being able to recognize there was a hard drive.

There isn't anything wrong with the hard drive. The BIOS recognizes it and before I used FDISK, Windows XP was running fine.

I have scoured the WWW looking for an answer to this problem and cannot find one. Some have mentioned problems after using RAID but I have never have--as far as I know--utilized RAID with this (or any other) computer.

Does anyone know why Fedora19 & 20 have trouble recognizing I have a hard drive? Thanks for your assistance. Jeff

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answered 2015-02-17 03:05:32 -0500

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Fedora can't be installed on either an NTFS or a FAT32 file system. It needs unpartitioned free space that will be partitioned and formatted during the installation, normally with an ext4 filesystem. Either remove all partitions from the drive if you don't want Windows on it any longer or use the tools provided with Windows to shrink your Windows partition and leave you some free space to work with, then try installing Fedora 21 as F 19 is no longer supported. Good luck and feel free to ask more questions if and when you need, because we're here to help.

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